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Dinner to benefit organization that helps homeless

In one stop, you can eat home-cooked beans and cornbread, do some shopping, socialize and contribute to a good cause.

The Religious Coalition for Community Renewal's 17th annual Beans and Cornbread Dinner is set for 6 p.m. Nov. 21 at Christ Church United Methodist, located at the corner of Quarrier and Morris streets in downtown Charleston.

This year's master of ceremonies will be Fifth Third Bank President Bob Welty. Charleston City Council President Tom Lane will be honored for his efforts over the years to find solutions to homelessness.

The dinner is geared to raise funds for the Samaritan Inn, a transitional housing facility with supportive services that can accommodate up to 12 homeless adult men at a time as they take steps to get back on their feet and live on their own.

"The Comforts of Home" is the theme for this year's dinner as a reminder that everyone deserves a place to call home.

Volunteer chef Margaret Easton and her crew will create the signature feast. Pinto beans will include two choices, including smoked turkey flavored or vegetarian. The meal will also include cornbread, greens, roasted potatoes and some new surprise offerings.

In addition to the dinner, there will be a silent auction of items donated by area businesses and a dessert auction featuring homemade creations of volunteer bakers.

RCCR is a partnership of more than 30 houses of worship from around the Kanawha Valley. RCCR provides homes and services to people recovering from homelessness, those having difficulty finding a place to live in the traditional housing market and first-time homebuyers.

To date, RCCR has built and sold 29 homes in Kanawha County and this past year added Putnam County to its list of areas served.

Since 1989, Samaritan Inn has provided a safe environment for men to recover from homelessness and become productive, independent members of the community. With a capacity for 12 men, it is the only Department of Housing and Urban Development-approved transitional housing program for adult males in the Kanawha Valley.

Tickets to the dinner are $60 with 90 percent of the price tax-deductible. Tickets are available at RCCR's business office, from board members and member congregations. Tickets will also be sold at the door. State tax credits are available for spsonsors.

Member congregations are Abundant Life Ministries, Allen Chapel AME, Asbury United Methodist Church, Bream Memorial Presbyterian, Charleston Baptist Temple, Charleston Religious Society of Friends, Christ Church United Methodist, City of Refuge Church, Congregation B'nai Jacob, Ebenezer Baptist Church, First Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, Grace Bible Church, Greater Emmanuel Gospel Tabernacle, Islamic Association of West Virginia, Kanawha United Presbyterian Church, Liberty Baptist Church, Ruffner Memorial Presbyterian, Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral, Simpson Memorial United Methodist, Southridge Church, St. Anthony Catholic Church, St. George Orthodox Cathedral, St. John's Episcopal Church, St. Marks United Methodist Church, St Matthews Episcopal Church, St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran, St. Paul's AME Church, St. Timothy Lutheran, Temple Israel, Trinity Evangelical Lutheran, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, United Disciples of Christ, Village Chapel Presbyterian, and Westminster Presbyterian.   

For more information, contact Debra Payne, RCCR executive director, at 304-346-6398. Go to to find out more about RCCR and its programs.

Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at or 304-348-1246.


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